Qatar National Library – host of the IFLA Regional Center for the Preservation of Documentary Heritage in the Arab Region and the Middle East – invites you to this lecture to learn about the Syrian Design Archive Project.


The Syrian Design Archive is a non-profit, documentary project to help archive graphic design elements and visuals including Arabic typography. It has evolved into a digital archive preserving the many forms of Syrian design (prints, media, street signs, and stamps) and aims to create an open archive as a resource for researchers and students, preserving Syrian design heritage in a time of rapid technological evolution.

The Syrian Design Archive has become a success in a short space of time, allowing people to relive the past era through shapes and elements that influenced their lives and allowing new generations to experience the past.

It is a celebration of Syria’s unique design heritage in an age of rapid technological evolution. The archive documents a range of printed and non-printed forms such as vintage shop signs, movies, stamps, books, flyers, and more.


Kinda Ghannoum: A multidisciplinary designer and a co-founder of the Syrian Design Archive. She has worked on developing identities for NGOs, The Obama Foundation as well as companies and start-ups around the world, and is passionate about art, typography & research.

Sally Alassafen: An architect and a co-founder of the Syrian Design Archive. She is a huge fan of street photography, Arabic typography, and old shop signages.

Hala Alafsaa: Majored in architecture, before pivoting from architecture towards a visual communication and graphic design career. She has a deep interest in Arabic typography, illustration, and exploratory projects on art and design.

The event will be conducted online via Zoom


  • Date: 16 May 2023
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Language: Arabic and English
  • Target Audience: Specialists and those interested in preserving documentary heritage

Seats are limited, please register here: The Syrian Design Archive Project – Register